PSA: Facebook Updated Their ‘Like’ Button

UntitledIf you’ve been living under or a rock or, more realistically, been avoiding logging onto Facebook to prevent further procrastination from midterms, then you may have missed Facebook’s latest update.  In response to years of users calling for a ‘dislike’ option to complement the ‘like’ button, Facebook has finally responded by rolling out a whole new set of emojis you can use to describe your response to someone’s post.  The new emojis, dubbed ‘Reactions’, include six different options and can be accessed by scrolling and hovering over the old ‘like’ button.  While this update allows users to more openly express their feelings, many individuals are left wondering when they should use one ‘Reaction’ over another. In order to help those users out, 4E has created an Etiquette Guide to Using ‘Reactions.’

  1. Like: This is the same old button that Facebook users have grown to like since it was first introduced in early 2009.  While it used to be appropriate to ‘like’ anything from a cute picture of a baby panda to that profound life status from an old grade school classmate, you should be warned to use this button sparingly.
    Post to ‘like’: Your great Aunt Phyllis’s 1000th picture of her cats.
  2. Love: The ‘love’ button is a big step up from the ‘like’ button.  Prior to its addition on Facebook, you probably used to casually scroll through your crush’s updates and try to inconspicuously ‘like’ a couple posts here and there.  The new ‘love’ button is really a game changer as you can really show someone just how creepy and obsessive you really are.
    Post to ‘love’: Any and all of your crush’s old posts and profile pictures from 2008 to 2010.  This will not only show off your true stalking abilities, but will be a true sign of your love from him/her regardless of their old awkward photos.
  3. Haha: Remember how you used to write ‘haha’ every time you thought a post was funny?  If you’re suffering from sort of freak amnesia, scroll back to 2011 for reference (side note: you most likely also used the :P smiley during that time period).  With this new reaction, actually typing ‘haha’ is now obsolete as its inclusion as a ‘Reaction’ was most likely due to the Millennials’ pure laziness…
    Post to ‘haha’: ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING.  Think that video of a dog running into a glass door is funny? ‘Haha’ it!  And that really witty status that kid you haven’t since high school posted? ‘Haha it’! The ‘haha’ is definitely the most versatile new ‘Reaction’ so feel free to use it as obnoxiously as you see fit!
  4. Wow: Sometimes someone’s post on Facebook really just leaves you speechless.  Whether that’s in a good or bad way, users have never actually had a way to accurately express such sentiment before now!
    Post to ‘wow’: That ~profound~ political rant posted by that gov major who definitely thinks they’re the next Bill Clinton.
  5. Sad: Sometimes Facebook posts are just sad, ya know?  Clicking the like button to show your support was never really appropriate and sometimes commenting on a status for someone you didn’t really know was a little too awkward.  The ‘sad’ button now allows users to demonstrate how a post might make them tear up just a little bit.
    Post to ‘sad’: Any shared video about animal abuse set to a Sarah McLachlan song.  While you’re at it, you might want to get the tissues ready too.
  6. Angry: Ever read a post that made you really fired up?  Maybe you even posted your own status as a reaction to it.  Either way, after a long time coming Facebook has finally introduced an ‘angry’ button which is arguably a step up from the ‘dislike’ button that so many people had previously requested.
    Post to ‘angry’: ANY post that mentions Syracuse or Villanova and does not mention Georgetown’s superiority.

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New Emojis on the Block

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IOS 9.1 has answered our prayers. According to BuzzFeed, the new update comes with over 150 new emoji characters. ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY!!

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These new emojis include:

The “Cheese” emoji: For when you really need a wine & cheese night or when you want to feel cheesy.

The “Taco and Burrito” emojis: Use them together, use them individually. But always use them at Chipotle.

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The “Sign of the Horns” emoji: For the inner biker guy or gal in all of us.

The “Middle Finger” emoji: FINALLY. Our society needed it. Now you can tell that super annoying person in your group chat how you really feel.

The “Popcorn” emoji: Finally, we can signal a movie night without expressing a single word.

The “Nerd” emoji: Very appropriate, given that it is midterms season.

The “Unicorn” emoji: ‘Cause we fancy like that.

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The “Poppin’ Champagne Bottles” emoji: I could have really used this one on the 21st…

The “Red Pepper” emoji: Use it in reference to the band or just a super hot food.

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That is only a few of them! Update to IOS 9.1 and see all the new ways you can express your emotions.

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Photos/Gifs: gifrific.com/; BuzzFeed.com

Snapchat’s New Updates

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If you’re an avid Snapchatter, as you should be, you might have noticed that they’ve made some changes to the app. For example, they took away the Georgetown Story, which means that you can no longer watch video clips of freshmen raging at Brown House, students suffering at Lau or people scarfing down brunch at Leo’s. Not that any of these things are particularly necessary, but hey, solidarity.

Even worse than that, they’ve taken away the best friends feature, so you can no longer see who other peoples’ best friends are. While this might seem like a tragedy, there are probably a few good reasons why this feature was eliminated.

1. Crazy ex-girlfriends/boyfriends will no longer be able to stalk their exes.

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2. Parents can no longer check up on who their kids are Snapchatting. Mom, why are you even on Snapchat?

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3. The FOMO of seeing your best friend snap other people gets slightly less real. Although it’s still my biggest NIGHTMARE!

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4. You can now send ridiculous photos to whoever you want and no one can judge you. Right to privacy, it’s in the Constitution. That’s right, fourth amendment, go look it up.

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So while my inner stalker is screaming for Snapchat to bring back the best friends feature, I know that this is likely better for us all. So take a deep breath, and go Facebook stalk like a normal person.

Photos/Gifs: ryanseacrest.com; https://imgarcade.com/1/snapchat-logo-vector/; https://chitoandkgo.com/2013/10/11/fomo/; https://momginerd.blogspot.com/2012_10_01_archive.html; https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=147963613